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Have you heard of any problems with the BMW 2 Series 218 Sport?
If you had the choice between a Volvo V60 T3, Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI or a SEAT Leon ST 1.4 TSI (all 2013 models) which would you buy?
I am about to take delivery of my new Porsche Macan with the 3.0 petrol engine (as recommended by you almost 18 months ago). Within a week of doing so I have to make a three hour journey north, mostly...
I need to replace my 2014 Toyota RAV4 with something a little smaller. I want to keep all the current features, including four-wheel drive and in-built navigation. What do you recommend?
My Peugeot 208 1.4 petrol runs at around 96-98 degrees and the engine is using a lot of coolant every week. I've called out the AA, but they say this operating temperature is normal. The temp doesn't go...
I'm considering a nearly new family car after the birth of my son. I recently test drove the Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC nine-speed auto. It was great, but due to my small mileage of 10k per year I wanted to...
Why are some manufacturers not producing petrol automatics? The motoring press have raved about the SEAT Ateca and Mazda CX-5, neither of which are available as petrol automatics. I have also read great...
Could you please let me know if there are any common faults or issues with the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI? I am thinking of buying a 2011 model, but am a bit on edge due to the horror stories of timing chains...
My previous Hyundai i20 - four-cylinder 1.2 petrol - was capable of 50mpg with careful driving. I've since replaced it with a newer model - three-cylinder 1.0 petrol - and it should be capable of 60mpg,...
I will shortly be embarking on a 170 mile twice weekly A-road commute. I will also be doing lots of motorway driving the rest of the time, so will probably do 450 miles per week all in. Can you recommend...
 

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